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Under-pressure Biden to speak to nation on Afghanistan

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden was to speak Friday on the US evacuation from Afghanistan, as he tried to navigate the biggest crisis of his administration and prevent the Kabul debacle from derailing his ambitious agenda. The Democrat’s entire brand, from the election campaign to his first half year in office, has been based on restoring competency at home and respect for the United States abroad. With the desperate and chaotic exit from Afghanistan challenging both those goals, Biden is scrambling to change the political narrative — while also managing the life-or-death situation unf…

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